Taylor Swift is Number One on the Official UK Albums Chart this week with her album ‘1989’ becoming the fastest-selling album of 2014 by a female artist.
Swift went straight to the top spot with her fifth album, selling 90,000 copies in the process. She overtakes previous record holder, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, whose debut ‘The Power Of Love’ sold over 72,000 copies in its first week of release in March.
Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart there were seven further new entries including two for Led Zeppelin, whose reissues of ‘IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’ charted at Number Seven and 14 respectively. Other new entries came from Annie Lennox (9), Mallory Knox (16), Black Veil Brides (17), Simon & Garfunkel (21), Cat Stevens (22) and Young Fathers (35).
Young Fathers Mercury Prize victory saw the group enter the Top 40 for the first time since their album ‘Dead!’ was released in February.
Following their victory on Wednesday night (October 29), sales of the album have increased by over 4460 per cent, doubling the entire lifetime sales of the record.
Meanwhile, the Number One spot on the Official Singles Chart now belongs to Ed Sheeran and his single ‘Thinking Out Loud’. The song ends Meghan Trainor’s long-running chart reign and sees the singer-songwriter earn the title of the longest ascent to Number 1 of any single in Official Chart history having been first released 19 weeks ago.
The other new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart came from Parra For Cuva (6) and Calvin Harris (23).